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High praise for Hogg from Hawick RFC President

Former Hawick Rugby Club player Stuart Hogg has been given high praise by the club's President.

Full-back Hogg, who's now considered one of Scotland's key players, spent many years playing for his home club.

He remains a huge supporter, along with his family, and when he's not playing for the Glasgow Warriors he tries to get along to watch the men in Green.

President of Hawick RFC, Ross Cameron, says the whole town is extremely proud of their "local hero."

Kiwis praise British rugby hospitality

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins Credit: ITV Border

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins are watching the Scotland vs Samoa game at Hawick Rugby Club as part of their Rugby World Cup tour.

The couple are from New Zealand and are supporting Scotland and the All Blacks during the tournament.

They are personal friends of Scotland player Sean Maitland, who is originally from the North Island in New Zealand.

"It's been absolutely fantastic to be part of this year's Rugby World Cup. The atmosphere has been fantastic every where we've been and the people have been so friendly.

"We're having a great time cheering on Scotland who are our favourite team after the All Blacks of course!"

– Cheryl and Neville Hawkins

Rugby fans backing Scottish Borders star

Rugby fans watching Scotland v Samoa in Hawick Credit: ITV

It's all eyes on the big screen in Hawick as they prepare to cheer on local hero Stuart Hogg and the rest of the Scotland squad.

The Borders fans have been joined by 25 All Black supporters who've been touring the UK with their rugby group.


Housebreaking in Hawick

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses following a housebreaking at a farm in the Denholm area of Hawick.

The incident occurred between Monday 14 and Sunday 20 September.

Entry was forced into a shed on the property and tools including generators, a power washer and an angle grinder were amongst those stolen.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Be wary if you are offered items of this description at a disproportionately cheap price, or the seller cannot provide proof of ownership. If you purchase stolen items, knowingly or otherwise, they can be returned to their original owners meaning a financial loss for yourself.

– PC Sarah Henderson

Two Hawick men charged over teenage crash victim

Dale Whillans Credit: Borders Press Agency

Two men from Hawick have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, following a crash which killed 18-year-old Dale Whillans.

The teenager, also from Hawick, was a passenger in a car which left the A698 between Hawick and Kelso and landed in a field on April 6th.

Dale, who was a keen footballer, died from his injuries three days later in Edinburgh's Western General Hospital.

Ryan Moor, 25, and 19-year-old Aaron Murphy both made an appearance in private at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

The pair made no plea or declaration and both cases have been continued for further examination.

Both Moor and Murphy have been released on bail and their next court date has yet to be confirmed.

Three charged after Hawick assault and robbery

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with an assault and robbery in Howegate, Hawick, on Sunday 30 August.

The three men are 30, 27 and 19.

They were arrested after a 22-year-old man sustained a serious head injury and was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment.

The 30-year-old was also charged in connection with break-ins at two business premises in Hawick, which occurred between Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August.

The three appeared Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 31 August.

These types of crimes will not be tolerated in our community and officers conducted robust enquiries in order to trace the suspects swiftly.

I hope this sends a clear message that we will pursue all lines of enquiry to ensure perpetrators are brought before the courts.”

– Sergeant Mark Cranston of Hawick
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